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    Seems FB was hacked earlier this afternoon. Everyone had masses of spam posted on their walls, it was appearing quicker than I could delete it!

    So if you see a message posted on your wall, or someone else's wall that tells you that if you want to prevent spam, you have to click a link, then don't click it - I think this is what releases the spam.
    Also if you get messages from your friends on your wall, messages that are not very nice and nasty, it isn't from them, but from the hackers.

    There are also people saying to allow the hackers to hack your page. I think they are actually hackers themselves. I changed my password and I haven't been spammed again.
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    Facebook sucks. I closed my account a while back. Who needs it?

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    Ramnit worm steals 45k Facebook passwords...

    Worm steals 45,000 Facebook passwords, researchers say
    5 January 2012 - More malware is worming its way onto social networks.
    A computer worm has stolen 45,000 login credentials from Facebook, security experts have warned. The data is believed to have been taken largely from Facebook accounts in the UK and France, according to security firm Seculert. The culprit is a well-known piece of malware - dubbed Ramnit - which has been around since April 2010 and has previously stolen banking details. Facebook told the BBC that it was looking into the issue.

    The latest iteration of the worm was discovered in the labs of security firm Seculert. "We suspect that the attackers behind Ramnit are using the stolen credentials to login to victims' Facebook accounts and to transmit malicious links to their friends, thereby magnifying the malware's spread even further," said the researchers on the firm's blog. "In addition, cybercriminals are taking advantage of the fact that users tend to use the same password in various web-based services to gain remote access to corporate networks," it added.

    'Viral power'

    Social networks offer rich pickings for hackers because of the huge amount of personal data that is stored on them. Increasingly malware is being updated for the social networking age. "It appears that sophisticated hackers are now experimenting with replacing the old-school email worms with more up-to-date social network worms. As demonstrated by the 45,000 compromised Facebook subscribers, the viral power of social networks can be manipulated to cause considerable damage to individuals and institutions when it is in the wrong hands," said Seculert. According to Seculert, 800,000 machines were infected with Ramnit from September to the end of December 2011.

    Microsoft's Malware Protection Center (MMPC) described Ramnit as "a multi-component malware family which infects Windows executable as well as HTML files... stealing sensitive information such as stored FTP credentials and browser cookies". In July 2011 a Symantec report estimated that Ramnit worm variants accounted for 17.3% of all new malicious software infections. For Facebook users concerned that they have been affected by the worm, the advice is to run anti-virus software. "It won't necessarily be obvious that you have been attacked. The worm is stealing passwords so it is not going to announce itself," said Graham Cluley, senior security consultant at Sophos.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16426824

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    Granny don't like it when Chinamens peekin' in when she emails nudie pics of herself...

    Microsoft to Alert Users of State-sponsored Hacking Attempts
    December 31, 2015 - Microsoft will begin alerting users of its online services, including Outlook.com, when it suspects their accounts are being hacked by government entities.
    The world's largest software company announced the new policy in a blog post late Wednesday. "We will now notify you if we believe your account has been targeted or compromised by an individual or group working on behalf of a nation state," the post said. Microsoft is taking the additional security step because state-sponsored attacks are often "more sophisticated or more sustained than attacks from cybercriminals and others," it said. "If you receive one of these notifications it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has been compromised, but it does mean we have evidence your account has been targeted, and it’s very important you take additional measures to keep your account secure," the post added.

    The statement did not mention any specific countries believed to have been targeting Microsoft users. But the Reuters news agency said the policy change came nine days after it asked the company why it had declined to inform victims of a 2011 hacking campaign targeting exiled members of China's Tibetan and Uighur communities. The news agency spoke with two former Microsoft employees who said company experts "had concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities had been behind the campaign but the company did not pass on that information."

    Earlier this year, Facebook and Twitter announced they would also warn users when they believe state-sponsored hackers may be trying to access user accounts. In its statement, Microsoft on Wednesday stressed that a notification does "not mean that Microsoft’s own systems have in any way been compromised." It also said it will not be able to detail why it believes a specific attack was state-sponsored. "The evidence we collect in any active investigation may be sensitive, so we do not plan on providing detailed or specific information about the attackers or their methods," the statement said.

    http://www.voanews.com/content/micro...s/3125633.html
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    Ukraine to Investigate Suspected Cyberattack on Energy Grid
    December 31, 2015 — Ukraine will investigate a suspected computer malware attack on its energy grid, the energy ministry said on Thursday, an incident the country's secret service has blamed on Russia.
    A power company in western Ukraine, Prykarpattyaoblenergo, said on December 23 that a swath of the area it serves had been left without energy, including the regional capital Ivano-Frankivsk, due to "interference" in the work of the system. The Ukrainian Security Service SBU later blamed Russia, which has not so far commented on the allegation. On Thursday, the energy ministry said it had set up a special commission to investigate what happened.

    The SBU accuses Russian security agencies of launching the attack but, despite the blackout, said it had managed to thwart the malware. "We found that the package of information [malware] came from Russia," an SBU spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday. "It was an attempt to interfere in the system. But it was discovered and prevented."

    The malware had failed to kick in as intended and was neutralized, she said, saying the region would have faced a much longer blackout if it had worked. Relations between Russia and Ukraine have sharply deteriorated since Moscow annexed Crimea last year and supported pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Crimea has lost at least one quarter of its power after Ukraine switched off supplies to the contested peninsula on Wednesday, a situation that Ukrainian police blamed on unidentified saboteurs blowing up an electricity pylon.

    http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-u...d/3126114.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnum View Post
    Facebook sucks. I closed my account a while back. Who needs it?
    Those who wish to keep in contact with long-distance friends and relatives, perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chibs View Post
    Those who wish to keep in contact with long-distance friends and relatives, perhaps?
    You just need to give them as little information as possible and not authorize apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckel View Post
    You just need to give them as little information as possible and not authorize apps.
    Pretty much, my profile has very little information on it but I don't really use it that often anyway. I usually just use Skype and occasionally Twitter to keep in contact with people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chibs View Post
    Pretty much, my profile has very little information on it but I don't really use it that often anyway. I usually just use Skype and occasionally Twitter to keep in contact with people.
    I generally use email or text for my relatives/friends, and God forbid, actual telephone calls from time to time. Facebook is constantly trying to get my telephone number for my "protection" LOL. Ain't gonna happen. Last thing I want is spam texts.

    I tweet quite often, but not with people I actually know much. To me that is a more pen pal-ish/strangers with common interests/business related type network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckel View Post
    I generally use email or text for my relatives/friends, and God forbid, actual telephone calls from time to time. Facebook is constantly trying to get my telephone number for my "protection" LOL. Ain't gonna happen. Last thing I want is spam texts.

    I tweet quite often, but not with people I actually know much. To me that is a more pen pal-ish/strangers with common interests/business related type network.
    Oh yeah definitely, I always use texting and calls more than social networking and I know what you mean about the Facebook trying to get our numbers. Ain't gonna happen, but it's a shame that a few people on my friends list are stupid enough to fall for it...they also have their number on public display for everyone to see.

    Twitter is more political for me, but got friends on it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chibs View Post
    Twitter is more political for me, but got friends on it as well.
    I have multiple accounts. One I use for interest like connecting with arts & Entertainment, special interests, hobbies; one for work-related interests; and one for wicked humor that might drive followers from the other accounts away.

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